#EndSARS: Falz, Mr Macaroni Announce Memorial Procession

A photo combination of Falz and Mr Macaroni

 

Popular Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, and comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, have announced a car procession to mark one year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

Falz and Mr Macaroni on Tuesday took to their respective verified Instagram pages to make the announcement.

They both shared e-fliers of the car procession planned to hold on Wednesday, October 20 at Lekki Tollgate.

“In memory of those who died that day and those we have lost to police brutality, we will: drive through the toll gate from 8-10 am; blast our horns in unison as we drive through and wave our flags,” the information on the e-flier read in part.

They urged those interested in the car procession to stay guided and endeavour to stay in their vehicles throughout the procession and also stay in groups for safety reasons.

 

 

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Sharing the e-fliers on their separate Instagram accounts, Falz and Mr Macaroni wrote, “It is impossible for us not to memorialize our fallen heroes. We will never ever forget.

“Innocent Nigerian citizens waved flags and sang till they were shot at, injured and killed. We must never forget.”

“We’re rolling up in cars tomorrow to drive through the tollgate. We know their way, so a procession of cars is the safest option to minimize police harassment.

“We will stay in our vehicles throughout.”

Rapper, Ladipoe Welcomes New Baby

Ladipoe welcomes first child

 

 

Congratulations are in order for rapper and songwriter Ladipo Eso popularly known as Ladipoe as he welcomes his first child.

The proud dad whose hit single “Feeling” featuring Buju was number one on several music charts this year shared videos of himself rocking his newborn with the caption, “My second NO. 1 this year 🤲🏾🙏🏾”

 

 

Tiwa Savage, Simi, Falz, and many other celebrities have congratulated the new papa.

Simi: 😍😍😍😍😍 All the other number ones are number 2

Rema: Big W, congrats big bro ❤️

Folarin Falana aka Falz The Bahd Guy: Ayeeeee ❤️❤️❤️❤️ congratulations brother

Johnny Drille: Congratulations brother!!! 🧡🧡🧡

Actor, Adesua Etomi: Congratulationsssss Poeeee❤️

Joe boy: Congratulations my brother ! ❤️

Blaq Bonez: BIG congrats brooo ❤️❤️❤️

Korede Bello: CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER 🎈 ❤

Former BBNaija housemate, Elozonam: Awwwwww congrats homie!!!!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Adekunle Gold: Congratulations Bro ❤️

 

His song “Know You” with Simi went viral during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 as the song talks about two friends who want to be more than just friends. They both feel something special for each other but also agree that “I don’t really know you that well”. His 2019 song “Jaiye” was also a hit.

Falz, Rihanna, Other Celebrities Condemn Arrest Of Lekki Tollgate Protesters

A protester decried the reopening of the Lekki toll gate on February 13, 2021.
A protester decried the reopening of the Lekki toll gate on February 13, 2021.

 

#EndSARS was one of the most prominent hashtags on Saturday as celebrities took to Twitter to condemn the arrest of peaceful protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

Nigerian celebrities such as Folarin Falana, also known as Falz; Obianuju Udeh, professionally known as DJ Switch; Yemi Alade, and Rita Dominic among others, as well as, Barbadian singer, Rihanna, were among those who condemned the arrest of the protesters by the police.

See their tweets below:

A contested approval

The arrested young Nigerians had occupied the Lekki tollgate to protest the approval granted to the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to repossess the tollgate.

This approval was granted on Saturday last week by the Judicial Panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State government to investigate police brutality of residents in the state.

The approval was faulted by one of its members and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun Adegboruwa.

Youth representatives on the panel also opposed the reopening.

The toll gate was symbolic of last October’s #EndSARS protests.

On October 20, military officials opened fire at peaceful protesters gathered at the toll.

Although the Nigerian government and military have denied any wrongdoing, critics say it is premature to reopen the toll gate until all investigations are concluded.

Falz, Runtown Participate As #EndSARS Protest Enters Day Two

 

Nigerian celebrities including Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz; and pop star, Runtown have joined voices calling for an end to police brutality and extra-judicial killings.

The music artistes led a group of young Nigerians in a protest calling for the total disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and reform of Nigeria Police.

Other artistes including Tiwa Savage, Paul of Psquare, Jaywon, Dremo, This is Wurld and popular Dj Spinall also joined in the march.

A host of Big Brother Naija Reality Television Stars, Elozonam Ogbolu, Ahneeka, Soma, Tacha, Anto Lecky, and Prince Enwerem, were also part of the protest in Lagos.

The protest started on Wednesday with youths gathered at Ikeja Underbridge displaying placards and sharing videos and photos using the hashtag #LagosProtests. They vowed to continue the protest for the next three days.

 

 

On Thursday, the second day of the protest, the youths besieged Police Headquarters in Ikeja while others marched to Lekki Toll Gate.

Falz and Runtown can be seen in videos leading the protest and chanting EndSARS! EndSARS!

The popular artist also went live on their official Instagram handle showing videos of them at the protest.

Falz, Runtown, and Prince had earlier tweeted on Wednesday announcing that they will be a part of the protest demanding total disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

“Tomorrow morning we move out for the #EndSARSprotest ! We are not out to cause trouble, but our voices must be heard! 10am we link up at the Lekki toll gate. #EndSars,” Falz tweeted.

Also in Abuja, the protesters demanding the total disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad besieged the force headquarters.

The campaigners sat on the Shehu Shagari Way, shouting ‘EndSARS,’ while paralysing vehicular traffic. They also wielded placards with the same inscription.

 

See below Tweets containing pictures and videos from the protest…

 

Falz Fires Up The Internet With ‘This Is Nigeria’

 

With nearly three million YouTube views in less than a week and an avalanche of reactions on social media, rapper Falz’s “This is Nigeria” has touched a nerve about the country’s problems.

The track and video, a cover version of US performer Childish Gambino’s “This is America”, sees Falz wander around a huge warehouse bare-chested as a series of violent scenes unfurl.

“This is Nigeria. Look how we living, nah! Look what we eating, nah!” he riffs to the camera.

Machetes replace the guns of the US version, where Gambino questions his compatriots about life for black people and police brutality.

That version has been viewed more than 220 million times on YouTube in the last month.

“This is Nigeria” was released on the video-sharing platform on May 25 and paints an unforgiving picture of life in Africa’s most populous nation.

Despite having generated billions of dollars from oil, more than 70 percent of Nigeria‘s 180 million people live in poverty, corruption is endemic and violent unrest commonplace.

If the track arouses passions, it’s because it overturns the status quo.

In Nigeria, it’s rare to see a music video open with anything other than scantily clad women sprawled over a luxury car or free-flowing champagne.

Music more often goes together with easy money than political conscience.

“I think we are too distracted by entertainment in general, by flashy lifestyle,” the 27-year-old Falz told the private Wazobia television channel this week.

“We need to pause and think and look at our social space. We have a voice as artists and we need to use that voice for the right purpose, we need to speak the true to wake people up.

“The terrible state of Nigeria has become so normalised.”

 Spirit of Fela 

Falz has won high praise in Nigeria and abroad for the track.

In the United States, hip-hop star P. Diddy shared the video on his Instagram account, celebrating “artists changing the game!!!”

Music journalist Joey Akan was quick to compare Falz to Fela Kuti, the icon of Afrobeat and freedom of expression during Nigeria‘s three decades of military rule.

“‘This is Nigeria‘ embodies the revolutionary and rebel spirit of Fela Anikulapo Kuti before him,” he wrote in an opinion piece published online by CNN.

“It shows that contrary to popular opinion among local talents, there is a demand for conscious music.

“Musicians tend to avoid political commentary, partly due to an ingrained fear of persecution from the powerful political class.”

For example, Nigeria‘s 2Baba last year announced a mass demonstration against economic recession but was forced to back-pedal under pressure.

Global superstars such as Davido or Wizkid meanwhile continue to perform for political bigwigs and captains of industry who are prepared to pay a small fortune for private concerts.

‘Bad Nollywood’ 

Falz — his real name is Folarin Falana — is not a nobody.

He gave up a career in law to go into music. His father is leading Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana and excerpts of his speech on corruption are in the track.

One of Falana senior’s most famous clients was Fela Kuti.

Falz is giving a voice to the thoughts of many Nigerians who are tired of years of bad governance, and as President Muhammadu Buhari vies for a second term at elections next year.

After three years in power and repeated promises to turn the country around, they feel nothing has been done — and may even have gotten worse.

In Falz’s video, dancers wear long blue hijabs in a clear reference to the schoolgirls from Chibok, whose kidnapping by Boko Haram caused more outrage abroad than at home.

In other scenes corrupt police officers beat up young men and drug addicts, and generators run flat out to make up for a lack of electricity from the national grid.

Even Nigeria‘s numerous powerful evangelical pastors aren’t spared. They’re depicted as hypocritical charlatans on the hunt for cash.

Not everyone is a fan of “This is Nigeria“. Some have criticised it for “plagiarism” and of even being a “bad Nollywood” version of the US track.

“If we go by social media reaction… we could give him (Falz) the award for Best Political Commentary,” critic Oris Aigbokhaevbolo wrote on medium.com.

“He would deserve the award but that is only because there is no competition.

“Wizkid and Davido will not sing it, sequestered as they are in some club or festooned to a fluffy bed by a buxom broad.”

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW_xEqCWrm0

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I’ve Said It Before, Simi Is My ‘Orente’ – Adekunle Gold

 

Afro-pop artiste, Adekunke Gold, has finally disclosed who the love of his life is.

The artist who has always kept his relationship private, made the revelation when asked to clarify the rumours that he was dating fellow artiste, Simi – during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Saturday.

Although attempting to avoid the question, Gold acknowledged, ‘I’ve said it before that she is the ‘Orente’.

This comes after several speculations that the two had been dating.

Contrary to this fact, some other fans had also believed that Simi was rather in a relationship with fellow artiste, Falz, going by the ‘chemistry’ they both seemed to have after several performances together.

Read Also: Simi, Falz Drop Hilarious Video For ‘Foreign’

But when asked about marriage, Gold, however, said there are no plans for now.

“I don’t know, maybe soon, maybe next year or next two years,” he stated.

Speaking about his career, the artist who just released his sophomore album, About 30, said he would spend the rest of the year touring.

Read Also: Adekunle Gold’s Life Inspired Latest Album ‘About 30’

In the 14-track album, Gold dug into his life story and shared lessons from his experiences.

“About 30 is the continuation of the story, it is my life story, the things have experienced, things that I learnt growing up, things that I’ve learnt from others and other people’s stories that I just kind of tap into to talk about.

“People tell me their stories and somedays I see something’s on twitter and I want to talk about it,” he told Channels Television earlier In France.

His first hit single ‘Sade’, which he says was a combination of rock and afro precautions still proves to be a crowd pleaser all the time and he promises that About 30 will equally be nothing short of that.

Simi, Falz Drop Hilarious Video For ‘Foreign’

 

 

Singers, Simi and Falz have finally dropped the long-awaited music video to ‘Foreign’ , one of the songs off their Extended Play, and it will definitely leave you smiling.

This will be the first video to be released from the 7-track EP titled Chemistry which the duo released in 2016.

The colourful video shows the soft work and Jamb crooners as two locals trying to impress each other with false tales of how influential they both are.

Fans are already expressing much love, with some saying that the video gives a better understanding of the song. Watch the video below.

Read Also: Davido, Wizkid, Simi Top 2018 Headies Nominee’s List

Falz Stuns At First Lagos Concert ‘The Falz Experience’

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Nigerian rap artist, Folarin Falana a.k.a Falz, has held his first headline concert in Lagos.

Tagged ‘The Falz Experience’, the event took place on the Wednesday, December 20, at the Eko Convention Center, Eko Hotels & Suites.

Top Nigerian acts like Simi, Yemi Alade, Davido, Reekado Banks, Wande Coal, Ycee, were among those who performed at the show.

It was indeed an experience for attendees because apart from music performances by other artists, Falz thrilled fans with the performance of skits which he is also popular for among other things.

The concert was produced by Livespot, in conjuction with Bahd Guys Entertainment, the record label founded by Falz.

From his hit songs, Jeje, wehdonsir, La Fete, to the success of his third studio album ‘27’, and now his headline concert, one can say it has indeed been a great year for the singer.

Falz Drops New Album ‘27’

Musician, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz has dropped his latest album ‘27’ to mark his 27th birthday.

The singer, born October 27, 1990, took to social media to make the big announcement of his 3rd album since he officially started his music career in 2011.

While he started music from a tender age, he rose to lime-light when he emerged with a comic-side to his personality and soon became an internet sensation.

Falz has featured several musicians such as Y-cee, YBNL boss, Olamide and Simi with whom he released an EP Chemistry in 2016.

He hinted that ‘27′ features top artistes like Davido, Olamide, Y-cee, Maleek Berry, among others.

Musicians Glorifying Fraudsters Are Destroying Our Future – Falz

Falz-WizkidFamous Nigerian rapper Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz, trended on Twitter on Thursday after he called on fellow artistes to stop glorifying internet scammers and fraudsters.

In an interview with Hip Tv, Falz asked entertainers as role models to stop glorifying fraudsters in their songs.

“You are a role model to the younger ones and you are hailing fraudsters, you are making the younger ones feel it is good to do it. Stop it! It is destroying our future,” he said.

Falz noted that the effects of such songs are destructive to the younger generation, stressing that artistes should rather engage in singing meaningful songs.

See some reactions to the video below:

Falz Thrills Fans With New Music Video ‘Jeje’

FalzFolarin Falana, better known by his stage name, Falz (the Bahd Guy), is out with a new music video, to his song titled ‘Jeje’.

Falz announced the official release of the music video produced by Studio Magic, Directed by Mex Films and featuring Ghanaian based model, on Friday.

The rap artist who shot into limelight after his song titled Marry Me, featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade, won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, has continued to release major hits thrilling fans worldwide.

He has won several awards in the entertainment industry such as the Best Street Hip Hop Artiste of the Year at the Headies (2015), Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, among others.

The 26 year old entertainer and Soft Work crooner, who currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records, has also collaborated with various artists including X3M Music’s Simi, with whom he released a collaborative EP ‘Chemistry’ on October 27, 2016.

Enjoy this one.

Falz And Simi ‘Love Up’ In New EP ‘Chemistry’

falz, simi, EP, chemistry, Music stars, Falz and Simi, who were both nominated in the Best Breakthrough Act category at the recently concluded MTV Africa Music Award, have released a joint EP titled ‘Chemistry’.

The release of the seven-track project on Thursday, was preceded by several ‘pre-wedding’ themed photographs, which caused a frenzy on social media, as many wondered whether they would confirm long-standing speculations of a romance between them.falz, simi, EP, Chemistry

One may say this comes as birthday gift from Falz to fans as the long-awaited EP collaboration with Simi was also released on the singer’s birthday.

Songs on the extended play include ‘Foreign’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Show You Pepper’ and ‘Enough’, among others.